chapter  Chapter Three
18 Pages

Design

WithClaire Thirlwall

Projects where the issues of routes between destinations are not resolved at concept stage, perhaps where a landscape architect has not yet been appointed, can end up with awkward layouts that in turn cause unnecessary issues. A line on a page may look random but it is based on experience and a full understanding of the implications. True designers are constantly redesigning their environment in their mind’s eye, driven by an innate dissatisfaction with poor design. Good design in landscape architecture can mean that the scheme recedes rather than dominates, meaning that it doesn’t gain the attention of an iconic building or a statement bridge. A garden is a complex of aesthetic and plastic intentions; and the plant is, to a landscape artist, not only a plant – rare, unusual, ordinary or doomed to disappearance – but it is also a color, a shape, a volume or an arabesque in itself.